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Old 01-01-2016, 08:30 AM   #1
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US Rt 61 thru MS

Route planning thru Mississippi and wondered if US 61 would be a nice road opposed to I-55? Any and all advice/suggestions would be appreciated. Always looking for special places to eat.
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:11 AM   #2
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Are you starting in Memphis and heading ? far south? I-55 isn't too rough but is really boring. 61 will be fairly new in places then it will wander thru towns in a disconnected mode (Vicksburg in particular, it enters in the NE side of town and exits the SW side). You can make more of a scenic route on 61 but it will be much slower.

Will your route accommodate the Natchez Trace?
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If the goal is just point A to point B take 55. 61 will be much a more scenic and relaxing drive. If you get the chance consider hopping over to the Natchez Trace for awhile.
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Hwy 61 is in the delta area. The land is totally flat and in the winter when no crops growing it is kind of dreary. Most of the small towns have been by passed (not Cleveland) in the past few years. Most of 61 from Memphis down to Hwy 82 is divided 4-lane. Not a lot of nice places to camp either so keep that in mind. Leroy Percy State Park is not far off 61 around Hollandale and then there is a State Park in Natchez.
I-55 is not really busy compared to other interstates unless you hit Memphis and Desoto county Mississippi around rush hour or the Jackson, MS area. I would definitely not want to pull through Jackson during rush hour. Lot's of camping choices along I-55 both Corp of Engineers and State parks. I was in sales and traveled all of N. Mississippi for nearly 30 years so PM me if you have a specific question.
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61 is not a bad road-
It goes through some historical sites-
1 is terrible- slow- thtough small towns- rough-
Will you be overnighting in MS?
Great campgrounds along 61 and 55, nothing on 1-
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Travel plans

We will be departing IL next week, and plan on stopping around Memphis, almost a 400 mile day. The final destination is AZ, but will be traveling a similar route that we took last year. We stayed at T.O. Fuller SP last year, then got on the Trace just outside Jackson, and spent that night at Natchez SP. Last year was rainy and cold, hopefully a little milder weather will allow us to enjoy the area a little more.
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Cool. You might want to call some of the route ahead of time, your schedule will run you thru the peak flood on the Mississippi river. It might impact Memphis and across the river from Natchez.
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Just drove through Memphis Tuesday nite/Wednesday morning on I-55 from Chicago area into Mississippi and no flooding problems along the route.

Spent the night at KOA Memphis (in Arkansas) and they did not have any flooding issues. They were getting a lot of campers abandoning their sites at campgrounds closer to the river.

Would recommend getting BBQ at Corky's in Memphis (original location on Poplar). Although parking would be tricky if you are going with trailer in tow.



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If you have never been to Mississippi, I would stay off 55 and do the more scenic route.

It is an education.

Stop to eat at any local cafe, and try things you have never eaten before.

Vicksburg and Natchez are beautiful, as is all of southern Mississippi, in my opinion.


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U S Hwy 61

The antibellum mansions of Natchez are a national treasure. What is left of Port Gibson is too, but it is fading fast. The Vicksburg park is/was good too but the history is quickly being rewritten for political correctness. On north through the Delta (my home) is a trip through the best farmland anywhere. A 10 mile side trip to Greenville and Doe's Eat Place will allow you one of the 10 best steaks in the country. Enjoy yourself.
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Eating places in Greenville, MS

One of the hidden treasures of Greenville restaurants is Doe's. Just Google "Doe's in Greenville". This outfit started as a spaghetti house (LOTSA Italians all through that part of the Delta) back in the early 50's, and grew from that. The original venue was a rather run down house in a neighborhood with which I lost touch. The porch was sagging, and there was more panache/atmosphere inside. The picture on their website of the enterprise now is VERY modern in comparison, and it isn't new.

In the mid-50s, my father worked for a natural gas pipeline company that was having a 36" pipeline from S. Texas to Tuscola, IL constructed. The company wigs would plan their itineraries to make certain they spent the night in Greenville, just to make it to Doe's for their steaks, which ran some $15-50 then; that was a HUGE amount of money in that time, but they swore the steaks were that good.

Of course, they WERE the wigs....

Doe's reputation is still excellent, from what I hear. See "Doe's Eat Place".

My wife's father was a cotton farmer from just up Hwy. 61 from Leland Been a while back, though. Enjoy your trip.

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In Clarksdale take the business route Abe's for BBQ, American and Lebanese Cafe for their Coconut Cream Pie. The Shack Up Inn at Hobson has let us camp there, call ahead. In Cleveland The Airport Grocery is worth the stop. Also in Cleveland is the Grammy Blues Museum if you have time head over to Rosedale to the Screen Porch at the Crossroads for their meat and three for lunch. Say hi to Leo tell him Andy said hi. The bit about Doe's is spot on but the locals go for the Hot Tamales. It's hard not to get a good meal in the Delta.


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Be aware that 61 is already under water in locations and is expected to become worse in the next 2 weeks. Not a huge deal but it is impacting local areas.
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Would recommend getting BBQ at Corky's in Memphis (original location on Poplar). Although parking would be tricky if you are going with trailer in tow.



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If you're towing your trailer, Corky's won't be tricky, it'll be impossible. I'd skip it (and Poplar is one of the busiest streets in Memphis). If you're hungry for BBQ, substitute Interstate BBQ--it's not too far off I-240 and is very good. Neighborhood isn't spiffy, but the food makes up for it.
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